Bastian Solutions’ Project Engineer based out of the Chicago office, Jeremy Mink, discussed choosing the best support for selective pallet racking on the company blog. Mink commented, “Pallet racking has been a popular and effective storage method in warehouses, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers for decades due in large part to its ease of design and implementation. As easy as it may be to install some frames and beams and call it a day, it’s also important to assess the need for pallet supports or wire decks and to decide which is best for your application.”
- Just the Beams: The two beams that make up a storage level work hard to keep your pallets up in the air but those beams alone are often not sufficient to keep your loads safely elevated.
- Pallet Support Crossbars: One method of providing more sufficient support for your pallet is to use pallet support cross bars. Typically, two pallet supports are used per pallet position, but more can be used depending on the weight or state of the pallet.
- Wire Mesh Decking: Wire mesh decking is an upgrade over pallet supports and can be used successfully in almost any selective pallet rack application.
In addition to providing more uniform support than pallet supports for potentially weak or damaged pallets, it also provides the versatility to store cases that are not palletized. In this way, wire decking can serve a similar purpose to plywood or solid steel decking but is preferred by fire inspectors everywhere since it allows sprinklers to spray through to lower levels. Wire mesh decking is typically more expensive than pallet support crossbars but creates a safer and more versatile storage surface.
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Bastian Solutions is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, with an additional 16 domestic offices and 7 international offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Uniquely positioned, Bastian Solutions offers customers complete and innovative turnkey material handling systems, from design and simulation, all the way through installation and operations. Modern Materials Handling named Bastian Solutions 2015 Top 20 Systems Suppliers Worldwide.
Bastian Solutions provides integrated material handling systems reducing the total cost of order fulfillment and delivery cycle times for its customers; tremendous productivity gains and a quick return on investment are ensured. Automating supply chain logistics with harmony between material flow, information flow, and operational processes, yields a unique and important competitive advantage. Follow Bastian Solutions on Twitter @BastianSolution.
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